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Quick Facts

  • 445 - Bachelor's degrees in criminal justice awarded in 2015-16
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of new doctoral program in criminal justice
  • 4 - UCF campuses offering a bachelor's degree in criminal justice (Orlando, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Valencia West)
  • 1 - Rank of online undergraduate program by bestcolleges.com

About the Department

HPA I Exterior with StudentsWelcome to the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida.

We are located on the university's Orlando campus in the Health and Public Affairs I building. We also have programs and faculty members at several UCF Regional Campuses, including UCF Cocoa, UCF Daytona Beach and UCF Valencia West. In addition, we offer a full range of web courses in our undergraduate and graduate programs, and we participate in the university's honors, service learning and internship programs.

The department currently has 23 full-time faculty members and employs a number of outstanding adjuncts drawn from Central Florida's professional community. To complement the faculty, we have a full-time support staff of six, two of whom are full-time student advisers.

Current enrollment in our criminal justice programs exceeds 1,000. We accommodate these students by offering a full range of classes around the clock and throughout the region.

Our Commitment

The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to providing the citizens of Central Florida -- from Ocala to Palm Bay -- with a full range of services. This commitment is reflected in our mission statement:

The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida provides excellence in teaching, research and service. Dedicated to its students, the faculty delivers outstanding instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, incorporating learning, service and inquiry. The department also conducts quality research and pursues local, state and federal funding to advance knowledge in our discipline. By actively developing meaningful partnerships, it provides exemplary service to the university and the broader professional and academic community.

Criminal Justice Programs

Students and HelicopterFor those interested in criminal justice, our department offers a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science, a minor and five undergraduate certificate programs (Crime Analysis, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Profiling, Victim Advocacy and Security Management). We also offer undergraduates a series of service-learning courses; a dynamic internship program that places students in a wide variety of criminal justice agencies (local, state and federal); and an honors program.

At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Science in two tracks; Professional and Research. We also offer four graduate certificates (Corrections Leadership, Crime Analysis, Juvenile Justice Leadership and Police Leadership). In addition, we participate in the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs by supporting a specialized Criminal Justice Track

The department blends the latest technological advancements in criminal investigations with a public policy approach to examining crime, criminals and justice policy. In Orlando, the department operates a fully functioning crime-mapping lab with the latest software.  Both the Undergraduate and Masters degree programs can be completed online.

Student Organizations

Outside the classroom, our department sponsors two student organizations:

Many of our students actively participate in these groups and work on a variety of service projects in the community. LAE sponsors a universitywide career fair every year with more than 75 agencies and law schools participating.

One of the benefits of conducting international fieldwork is the opportunity to become engrossed in a different culture.
— William Moreto,  Assistant Professor
The people I worked with ... put me in every scenario possible and allowed me to experience it first hand.
— Max Thedy,  former student intern who worked with law enforcement rangers in Cape Town, South Africa
I cannot stress enough the importance of the basic research skills and knowledge, combined with an understanding of data analysis for those planning to be leaders in the field of criminal justice.
— Roberto Hugh Potter,  Criminal Justice Department Professor
I would not be in the position I have today if it weren’t for the Criminal Justice Program at UCF.
— Carl Metzger,  M.S. in Criminal Justice, '03; Deputy Chief, University of Central Florida
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